Tiberius Avidius Quietus

Tiberius Avidius Quietus – Governor of Britannia from 97/8AD to 100/1AD

The sole evidence we have of this mans administration of the islands is an inscription recovered from the continent (Cil Xiii.3606). It is probable that he was appointed to the position by Nerva, and was retained in post by his successor Trajan until perhaps 101.

Avidius Quietus, whose good opinion of me I valued as much as his warm affection, had been a friend of Thrasea’s and used to tell me many of his sayings. One he often quoted was that there were three kinds of case which we should undertake: our friends’, those which no one else would take on, and those which establish a precedent. …

Pliny the Younger Epistulae – Ummidius Quadratus VI.xxix.1

Quietus seems to have been fairly-well aquainted with Pliny, for he is also mentioned in a good light in another of his letters to their mutual friend Ummidius Quadratus (IX.xiii.15; text not shown), which illuminates the high esteem in which he was held by the senate.

It is evident that Quietus was also acquainted with the Greek historian Plutarch.